Words by Hope Schreiber.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by three women.
Standing alongside members of the public, and Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., for Thursday’s Cancel Kavanaugh protest outside the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C., were a number of stars, including Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski.
Schumer and Ratajkowski were arrested.
The latter, a model and actress, tweeted about her arrest and included a photo of herself at the protest holding a sign that read, “Respect female existence or expect our resistance.”
Similar to how Alyssa Milano was shamed for her outfit at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, Ratajkowski’s clothing, instead of her message, garnered the most attention by Kavanaugh supporters.
Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault. Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power. pic.twitter.com/nnwq1O4qk3
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) October 4, 2018
From comments like “put on a bra,” surprisingly coming from a woman, and “Sorry I was focused on something else, can you say that again?” it is clear that these vocal supporters not only disrespect female existence but also believe that a woman is something to be objectified and ogled, and cannot be respected if she does not “dress appropriately.”
why no bra tho?
— Lacompactdisc (@Lacompactdisc) October 4, 2018
Come on go home. Waste of time young child. And put a bra on.
— Carrie White (@CarewhiteWhite) October 4, 2018
Sorry I was focused on something else, can you say that again?
— Elrod Hoyer (@GutsGloryPizza) October 4, 2018
She’s wearing her F Me clothes trying to use sex to sell her twisted #ToxicFeminism
I’m a woman so I can say that 😉#ConfirmKavanaghNow
— Mémé’s Back!!! ❤️🇺🇸😘 (@56ma74tante) October 4, 2018
I won't lie, I zoomed in
— DEPLORABLE NATION (@OurVoice911) October 4, 2018
My guess is you dressed like this to catch the eyes of … (looks at notes) … men.
— PMacintosh (@The_PMix) October 4, 2018
This is not an argument over whether or not Kavanaugh is guilty of sexual assault; this is an argument that men are still controlling women’s bodies.
From sexist dress codes that mainly target female students, requiring them to dress in a way that won’t distract male students — which may cause female students to miss valuable lessons in the classroom — to denial of abortions and birth control, these are instances of men trying to tell women how they should look and act.
You got famous by starring in a misogynistic music video that celebrated sexual assault. https://t.co/PFeKjnNnqJ
— jon gabriel (@exjon) October 4, 2018
The reference to Ratajkowski’s early work in the misogynistic music video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” suggests that perhaps the commenter does not understand the idea of consent.
Ratajkowski agreed to be in the music video; victims of sexual assault did not agree to be sexually assaulted — no matter what they were wearing or how many alcoholic beverages they may have had.
Also, it was 88 degrees on Thursday in Washington, D.C., with 75 percent humidity. Maybe the woman was just hot.
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